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Clear Creek voters will be asked on Nov. 2 to approve a $33 million bond that the school board wants to use to create an elementary school in the former middle school building in Idaho Springs and to …
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Clear Creek voters will be asked on Nov. 2 to approve a $33 million bond that the school board wants to use to create an elementary school in the former middle school building in Idaho Springs and to improve the district’s other three school buildings.
The Clear Creek school board on Aug. 17 voted 4-0 to officially put the measure on the ballot. Board President Mitch Houston did not attend the meeting because he was out of town.
MORE: Explaining the $33 million bond
Before the vote, board member Kelly Flenniken noted that the school district has done a great job managing its money because it hasn’t asked for a bond measure in more than 20 years, and that bond paid for the Floyd Hill school building.
“We have done an exceptional job … which means it’s harder to ask,” Flenniken said. “We encourage people to ask questions and find out what their schools will get from this bond. It was very intentional that every facility would get something. It’s never a great time to ask for additional funding … but if we don’t deal with it, the price tag always gets bigger.”
She suggested that Clear Creek’s declining enrollment is due in part to aging buildings, and improvements would aid in bringing more families to the schools.
“It’s our obligation to provide what kids deserve regardless of how many there are,” she said. “This is a thoughtful, realistic proposal.”
The district has created a page on its website — ccsdre1.org — to answer questions about the bond proposal.
If approved by voters, property taxpayers would pay an additional $25 per $100,000 of home value and commercial property taxpayers would pay $100 for every $100,000 of commercial property value. The bond would be repaid in 25 years.
About $25 million would be used to renovate the former middle school or try a hybrid model that would demolish part of the old middle school and build a new section.
The remaining funds would be used in this manner: $1 million at King-Murphy Elementary School to expand the pre-kindergarten rooms, gymnasium floor renovation, security improvements, exterior repairs and more; $400,000 at the middle/high school for athletic field lights, gymnasium floor improvements and security improvements; and $600,000 at Georgetown Community School to finish replacing the roof, install a commercial kitchen so the school could provide a hot lunch program, and exterior and interior improvements.
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